Happy 50th Birthday, Bronco! Here’s the Details on the New One!

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2018 Ford Bronco Illustration by Joseph Yoon

Today marks a big day in the life of a Ford Bronco fan. Today celebrates the official 50th birthday of the pioneering off-road vehicle that so many people fell in love with. To celebrate this joyous of days, we have all-new details about the new Ford Bronco, probably debuting in 2018.

2017 Ford F-250 XLT Super Duty

Based on our anonymous source “close to the matter,” the new Bronco will be based off the new Super Duty platform, come with 38″ tires, have a fifty-two speed manual transmission, have double stacks that belch out coal, and will have a Hellcat motor strapped to a Ford Performance V8 straight from the GT350 R. It’s on the Internet, so it must be true?!

Wait, that doesn’t sound right at all. Let’s try that again.


Here’s a roundup of what we THINK the new, 2018 Bronco will have if it sees production.

1974_Ford_Bronco_LAMBORGHINI_GREEN-165 (1)First, it’ll probably be built on the upcoming Ranger platform, assuming the Ranger sees production. It’ll be powered by an EcoBoost 4-cylinder, or maybe the 2.7L V6 EcoBoost. There’s always a chance a diesel will be an option. But we can safely say that a V16 combining a 5.2L V8 and Dodge’s Hellcat 6.2L V8 isn’t happening. Like ever.


Will it have a manual transmission? Well, it’s more likely to happen than seeing the F-150 get a manual transmission. If the Ranger does, then it’s likely the Bronco will, since they’ll be sharing the technology. If it does get a manual transmission, it’ll probably have 6 gears, and not the 52 suggested earlier.

What do you think about the new Bronco? Is it going to happen? What will it have? Let us know in the forums!

h/t to Jonathan Klein for the idea.

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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